Football is apparently coming home again. The infamous record by comedian’s Frank Skinner and David Baddiel is to emerge in its fifth reincarnation.
Paul Gascoigne may have declined a feature in this recreation, but the song is sure to capture once again the imagination of the England faithful. Robbie Williams is even rumoured to be in on the act this time.
The lyrics ‘it’s coming home’ are forever forged into our memory.
Since the songs initial release in 1996 not has there been a tournament where the starting eleven for England look most equipped for triumph. An almost flawless qualifying display has put them in good stead for South Africa.
So it seems logical to re-release a track that is destined to eventually bring World Cup glory into fruition.
And maybe if England returned victorious then we would at last have an end to the constant reissues of the Three Lions ditty.
Even as most of us are willing to partake in the teriffic chant, we must be wishing upon an age when another tune will come our way.
I actually thought Ant & Dec’s attempt at patriotic bellowing was not too bad. This was sadly not a view shared by critics, who ripped the song to shreds.
‘We’re on the Ball’ had a certain charm though that enabled it easy access into our mindsets.
After all that is what a football chant must do. It needs to protrude into our heads in a way that aids us in becoming the twelfth man on a football team.
Any football song is glossed in an annoyance when it becomes impossible to retreat. Yet we allow it to live on in the aspiration that it will benefit the team.
So yes football may just come home this year.
If it does then hopefully Baddiel and Skinner will realise that their efforts at willing the boys on has reached its climax. They must have no need to shower us with future renditions of their celebrated single.
Then maybe, just maybe we shall move effortlessly onto the next forty or so years of hope and probably disappointment.
I don't want to imagine the outcome if we don't win in South Africa. Our ears will be subject to the catchy yet at the same time irritating ‘Three Lions’ song. A hatrick of further versions would be inevitable.